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The National Gender Policy 2013-2017

Publication year: 
2013
Corporate author: 
Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD)
Publication details: 
Harare, MWAGCD, 2013
Abstract:

This second NGP seeks to address the shortcomings of the 2004 NGP and the emerging issues prevailing under the changing political, economic and social contexts at local, regional and global levels. At international and regional levels, some of the key developments post 2004 that set out new priorities include: (i) the 2005 Beijing+10 global review that made recommendations to areas that required special attention and action; (ii) the submission of the combined State Party CEDAW Report; (iii) the development a national follow- up plan on Rio, and (iv) the 2008 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that set out 28 substantive targets for achieving gender equality by 2015. The key developments at national level include (i) the elaborate new Constitutional provisions with a thrust on gender equality; (ii) the Medium Term Plan (2012-2015) the national economic development strategy which introduces a development paradigm emphasising on gender responsive budgets and gender mainstreaming into economic activities and commits to advancing equal participation in productive sectors; (iii) The indigenisation drive which motivated the development and implementation of the Indigenization and Empowerment Policy; (iv) the 2011 Broad Based Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework (BBWEEF), a mechanism for women’s economic empowerment applicable across all sectors and levels of society; and (v) the Land Reform programme implemented over the past 10 years, whose gains will, to a great extent, be meaningfully consolidated under new gender policy provisions. Other changes that further pronounce gender disparities include technology advancements and climate change.